Fastest 300 chase - Pakistan sucker-punch Sri Lanka and level the series

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It was a excellent game of cricket and also prove fortune favors the brave. For the fifth day to have ended in a result, both teams needed to play extraordinary cricket. Pakistan were extraordinarily purposeful; Sri Lanka were extraordinarily negligent. The visitors began the day with a lead of 220 and five second-innings wickets in hand but batted so slowly, adding 19 runs in the last 16.4 overs. With a minimum of 59 overs left in two sessions Sri Lanka were still favourites, if not to win then certainly to draw, but they were ultra-defensive from the outset against a desperate Pakistan unit. As Misbah-ul-Haq's side motored towards the target with an unfamiliar efficiency, it became too late for Angelo Mathews to snap himself and his side out of stupor. Sri Lanka sank in the Sharjah twilight, with their captain and fielders feebly complaining about not being able to see the ball.

Fastest 300 chase to win

Team

Score

Overs

RPO

Inns

Result

Opposition

Ground

Start Date

Pakistan

302/5

57.3

5.25

4

won

v Sri Lanka

Sharjah

16 Jan 2014

West Indies

344/1

66.1

5.19

4

won

v England

Lord's

28 Jun 1984

England

315/4

73.2

4.29

4

won

v Australia

Leeds

16 Aug 2001

Australia

334/6

79.1

4.21

4

won

v South Africa

Cape Town

8 Mar 2002

India

387/4

98.3

3.92

4

won

v England

Chennai

11 Dec 2008

West Indies

348/5

69.0x8

3.78

4

won

v New Zealand

Auckland

27 Feb 1969

Australia

362/7

101.0

3.58

4

won

v West Indies

Georgetown

31 Mar 1978

Australia

310/8

86.5

3.57

4

won

v South Africa

Johannesburg

17 Nov 2011

Australia

404/3

114.1

3.53

4

won

v England

Leeds

22 Jul 1948

South Africa

414/4

119.2

3.46

4

won

v Australia

Perth

17 Dec 2008

West Indies

317/2

93.1

3.40

4

won

v Pakistan

Georgetown

13 Mar 1958

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Stormy's picture
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15 January 2011
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14 hours 32 min

It must be noted that the Pakistan chase was top notch and was simply brilliant. They started swinging from the hip at the begining and Misbah contolled the final phase to perfection. In an much as I am dissappointed in the loss its easy to lose focus on just how brilliant Pakistan were.

Sanjeev Bernard Fernando's picture
Member since:
25 January 2013
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8 weeks 4 days

Certainly a well timed and planned chase! Not to take anything away from Pakistan's brilliance, but it must also be noted that most other captains would attack way more than Angelo did, even in an ODI match. Sri Lanka pretty much handed the match to Pakistan.....

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